Is it Spam if a Spammer Says It Isn’t Spam?

Good golly, 2008 is not even 24 hours in the bag, and I am blogging about spammers. You can certainly see something I did not put on my resolution list (which, in fact, is another one of those zero item lists).

Spotting spam sometimes takes some detection, but other times its a simple matter of:

* is the comment relevant to the blog post subject? I wrote the darn thing, so I can sure tell the difference
* is the comment hoisting a link to another site, which has no relevance either to the blog post

So I get one that tries to be “clever” in declaring that it is not spam. But it fails on both accounts. Spam is spam and it goes back in the can.

When I write a blog post about my first effort of doing a daily flickr photo post, does it take a nuclear physicist (not that it should) to see that a comment offering tips on improving my blog search rank is spam-a-palooza? Take the test yourself, and then toss their URL into your blacklist (the URL is re-qritten so a to not give it any google rank points:

Author : dan (IP: , user-1120qth.dsl.mindspring.com)
E-mail : get_recruited@yahoo.com
Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=
Dear Blogger:

This is for your information and is not intended as a spam post.

Find out how you can promote your blog and/or website at no cost (really!) at:

http :// college dash scholarships dot com/free_website_promotion_program.htm

You’ll learn how I achieved #1 rankings for my websites in Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

The program is absolutely without cost and it really works.

See the proof at:

http :// college dash scholarships dot com/free_website_promotion_program.htm

Best Wishes,

Well, Dan-no, this is pure spam in my book. So your IP and your web site link college dash scholarships dot com is blacklisted on my site so it automatically goes into the dung heap out back. I encourage others to do so, an shall follow this up with a report to Google.

Hey Dan! Best wishes yourself, ’cause I plan on never seeing your cruft again. Ciao!

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. It would be nice to see the llama in your previous post give good old Dan the spam-man a quick two kick from behind. If it isn’t comment spam assailing one then there is also the dreaded referrer spam.

  2. Boy…this guy made the rounds. He left the exact same message on my site as well. I removed the comment, but after reading your post I’m going to blacklist him too, great suggestion.


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